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David Cox, former ARLA chief, in dramatic return to the industry

In a dramatic return to the agency world, the former chief executive of the Association of Residential Letting Agents is joining Rightmove from next week. David Cox...

Heroic lettings agency helps tenants with school meal vouchers

A heroic lettings agency in the south west of England has stepped up to the plate this half-term week by offering vouchers to tenants’ families in...

Covid-19: Labour councillors say HMOs must be en suite

Opposition Labour councillors on a local authority says HMOs should only be let if each bedroom has an en suite bathroom.  The leader of the Labour group...

Short Lets group demands public cash to survive Covid crisis

The new trade group representing short lets operators is asking the government to make sure the short lets sector is specifically included in future public cash...

Agency named to handle lettings at new Build To Rent city scheme

The team behind Glasgow’s first major city centre Build to Rent housing development has announced another multi-million-pound BTR project. Kelvin Properties, which previously developed Candleriggs Court in...

Portal's new AI platform allows agents to target local landlords

The free to list portal Residential People is launching a machine-learning platform allowing agents to specifically target local landlords and emphasise their own websites. Called nurturingAI, the...

Stand by for referral fee restrictions, letting agents warned

Agents are being warned to prepare now for likely controls on referral fees, following recommendations made to the government by the National Trading Standards Estate and...

New lettings agent qualification launched by landlords group

A new nationally recognised letting agent qualification is being launched by a landlord body. The Managing Property and Residential Lettings Level 3 award is the equivalent of...

Time-waster applicants turfed out by new PropTech tool

A new PropTech tool for agents claims to help weed out time-wasters and reduce the viewing-to-offer ratio. Rental Passport, produced by LegalforLandlords, gives an appraisal of prospective...

Evictions in Tier 2/3 areas not to be enforced by bailiffs

The government is asking bailiffs not to enforce court possession orders in areas with the highest Coronavirus restrictions.  So although evictions can still proceed through the courts,...

Pressure on for pet-friendly lets as Build To Rent operators cash in

Pressure appears to be building for more pet-friendly lettings properties with two Build To Rent operators promoting animal-friendly tenancies. BTR operator Fizzy Living calls itself ‘London’s most pet-friendly landlord’...

Fake lettings agent almost conned £1,500 out of tenants

A fake lettings agent has been caught trying to cheat prospective tenants out of £1,500 which she claimed was a deposit on an apartment. The Daily Mail...

PropTech tool tells agents if tenants are affected by Covid

A new PropTech tool called Covid Profile tells lettings agents if tenants are self-isolating or in quarantine because of Coronavirus.  The cloud-based software - developed by property...

He’s back! Comedy letting agent Stath gets a third series

Channel 4’s BAFTA award-winning comedy Stath Lets Flats is back on the market for a third season. The agency-based sit-com from writer-performer and comedian Jamie Demetriou -...

Countrywide rentals division suffers almost one third drop in lets

Countrywide’s latest trading statement covering the first half of 2020 shows it was hit more than most corporates by the market closedown. “The number of properties under...

Letting agency of the year named by comparison website

A hybrid has been named lettings agency of the year by comparison website Rentround. Accommodation.co.uk has won the award after being the most selected agent by landlords on...

“Thousands” of Tier 3 private tenants face eviction, claim activists

Campaign group Generation Rent says thousands of tenants in areas of the country under Tier 3 Coronavirus restrictions are in danger of eviction. In a letter to...

More virtual courses for agents launched by TDS Academy

Letting agents are being invited to additional courses from TDS Academy online. The courses, offering Continuing Professional Development training virtually, look in particular at tenancy deposits, the legislation...

New app signals to agents when to chase potential landlord clients

A new PropTech app called Acaboom claims to send an alert when a landlord is viewing the agency’s marketing proposal. This means that the lull between visiting...

No Pets: charities back call for reform of rental regulations

Several pet charities are supporting an attempt by an MP to reform lettings regulations to permit more pets in private rental accommodation. Earlier this year the government...

Tenants in Tier 2/3 areas “not protected” as evictions resume - claim

A charity claims that private tenants in the areas with the higher tiers of Coronavirus measures face “harsh enforcement” if they fall into arrears, and are...

Question to agents - How are you coping with Coronavirus?

A survey by two PropTech firms wants to know how agents are coping with the pandemic. Fixflo and MRI Software have launched a survey to find out...

Cut-price Central London tenancies attract glut of younger renters

London Central Portfolio, an investment consultancy, says the capital’s prime central area is seeing a demographic change as younger British tenants take advantage of reducing rents. Andrew...

Probe into rental rooms exempt from mainstream rental regulations

A local authority is launching a six month probe into rooms let out but exempt from rental sector regulation. The project is in Birmingham, where the council...

Facial-recognition tenant referencing tool now available to agents

PropTech firm Goodlord is for the first time offering ‘bank-grade’ facial recognition to letting agents. As part of an update to its referencing service, Goodlord customers will...

Agency expansion announced just as lockdown kicks in

Belvoir has opened its third office in Swansea - but like other agency branches in Wales, it’s set to close for two weeks from this weekend. The...

New property management division wants high-end London business

The Ringley Group has launched a new estate and block management division targeting high-end London instructions. Ringley Group already has over 12,000 properties under management in Manchester...

Agents’ free rewards offer from deposit alternative platform

Deposit alternative service flatfair has teamed up with a rewards provider to offer 500 letting agencies one year of free access. Agents who enrol two tenants to flatfair’s...

Politicians should be better informed on rental policy - ARLA

ARLA Propertymark is backing a cross-industry call for more information to be provided to politicians who go on to make housing policy. Last week we reported that...

Viewings banned, moves halted, no on-site surveys - Wales lockdown

The Welsh government has given details of the rentals and sales house moving process during the 16 day lockdown beginning 6pm on Friday October 23. The lockdown ends on...

Lights! Camera! Rentals! Two agents get their own BBC show

Two former Keller Williams agents have their own BBC Three TV show now available on the iPlayer. It’s called Rent Like a Boss and stars two agents...

Buy To Let investment agency unveils new website

Knight Knox has unveiled a new property investment website as it marks its 16th anniversary. The new site features the tagline ‘property investment made simple’, and according...

Move to compulsorily purchase empty houses to provide rental units

The Welsh Government wants to reform compulsory purchase powers - meaning any landlord with a long-term empty property in the region is at risk of having...

We Need Public Cash - short lets sector appeals directly to Sunak

The fledgling trade association representing short lets companies wants public cash and other forms of aid to help the sector through winter. Merilee Karr, chair of the UK...

Independent agents’ portfolios bought by high-spending franchise firm

Martin & Co has completed major acquisitions from local independents in three areas.  Martin & Co Falmouth completed its fifth acquisition in just 18 months and boosted...

Right To Rent changes - key webinar tomorrow to help agents

Changes to the codes of practice surrounding Right To Rent are introduced on November 2, and tomorrow there’s a useful webinar to discuss what that means for agents...

John Lewis to build and furnish private rental properties

John Lewis Partnership, until now best known for its department stores and ownership of Waitrose, is to build homes for rent. The company has a long term...

Licensing on its way after 92% of HMOs show problems

A major north of England local authority wants to introduce landlord licensing for HMOs where three or four tenants live, following analysis of results from inspections. Over the...

End cruel bans on pets in rented property, urges Conservative MP

A Conservative MP is urging his colleagues in government to end “cruel” discrimination against pet owners by much of the private rental sector. Romford MP Andrew Rosindell...

Issue second S8 notice if arrears exceed six months - legal expert

A legal expert for ARLA Propertymark is recommending that letting agents consider serving a second Section 8 notice if a tenant's rental arrears exceed six months. This...

Pro-Rent Controls group claims 4,000 members in London alone

An organisation that wants rent controls, the scrapping of Section 21 and what it calls “indefinite tenancies” claims to have 4,000 members in the capital. The London...

Agents still border control officers under Right To Rent - top lawyer

The Right to Rent scheme’s revised code of practice coming into effect next month does nothing to stop agents and landlords being used as border control...

Give that agency a cigar! Winston Churchill’s apartment to let

A London agency has won the instruction for a particularly prestigious let - a four bedroom apartment in the capital, once home to former Prime Minister...

Agent urges landlords to speak out against expensive EPC rules

Anger continues to mount over government plans to make rental properties more energy efficient, with one agent advising his landlords to make their voices heard on the...

Rebrand for plucky family agency fighting back against Coronavirus

A family-run agency that describes itself as “plucky” has rebranded and moved to larger premises in one of the UK’s most competitive lettings locations. At Home In...

New ‘investor’ agency goes beyond traditional lettings services

A new agency set up in Wiltshire says it goes beyond the traditional lettings services of existing operators, and instead seeks to maximise investment potential for...

Lettings management firm becomes partner in big city development

A lettings management company has been selected by a Far Eastern developer to manage units on a new 756 home scheme in central Manchester.  Settio Property Experience...

Text messages from agents to tenants work best - PropTech chief

A leading PropTech figure says using text messages to remind tenants when rent is due and chase late payments is a boost for agents. Neil Cobbold, chief...

Online firm using self-employed agents moves into lettings

Online agency eXp UK has launched a new lettings service allowing agents who join the organisation can now offer a lettings move-in service to their clients. eXp...

New online lettings company wants to take UK by storm

A Czech-based PropTech firm called Flatio says it’s entering the UK market and aims to have at least 10,000 properties listed by 2025 at the latest. It’s...

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